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When your work can travel with you, why live in just one location? Photo by Andrea Posadas.

5 Reasons Why a Month-to-Month Lease May Be Right for You

BY ALANA MORGAN
Our
concept of work and home has drastically changed
— so why hasn’t the way we rent apartments? 
In a recent
Apartment Therapy
article, “The 4 Apartment Renting Trends That Won’t Be Around Much Longer,” the writer notes that, “The advent of “work-from-anywhere” lifestyles challenges the status quo of locking into year-long leases.” We couldn’t agree more. 
More and more apartment buildings, including Sentral’s communities, are offering month-to-month leases, short-term rentals, and simply more flexible lease options for people who don’t want to be locked into one home for a year or longer. 
At Sentral, our offerings are designed with convenience and choice in mind, including premium designer-furnished apartments for a turn-key experience (all you have to do is show up, and we take care of the rest) for any length of stay over 30 days. No hassle moving furniture, setting up a WiFi provider, or even finding a new gym.  
Additionally, our
LIVE option
offers the opportunity to rent an unfurnished apartment that
you can make all your own
and still choose your lease length.  
This means that you can live in a Sentral community for a month or up to a year (or longer!) without being tied down. It’s up to you. 
Is flexible living for you? Here are five reasons why a month-to-month lease may be right for your lifestyle.
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1. YOU WANT TO WORK REMOTELY 

Digital nomads
have been singing the praises of remote work for over a decade, but never before have more people had the opportunity to make the location-independent lifestyle a reality. When your work can travel with you, what’s tying you down to a single spot? 
We know one common answer to that question: a long-term lease or mortgage.
Many of us are
traveling and working differently than we used to
, and our leases should match. Opting for a month-to-month rental that allows you to stay as long (or as short) as you want opens up your opportunities to move around. With a short-term rental at Sentral, flexible leases mean that you can also take advantage of Sentral’s network of communities across the country — enjoy skiing in Denver during peak season or sunbathing in Miami all year round — to experience different destinations while knowing you’ll always receive a warm welcome and high level of service.
What about furniture, you ask? That’s where designer-furnished apartments come in. You don’t have to worry about buying or moving furniture or setting up utilities. Just pack up your suitcase then it’s onto the next adventure! Sentral’s short-term furnished rental apartments are especially designed with WFH in mind.
That said, it’s important to find the sweet spot between spontaneity and structure, so you can get into a work rhythm. Signing a flexible or month-to-month lease for a short-term rental, like those offered by Sentral, offers the best of both worlds — you have a convenient landing pad with all you need to live, work, and travel comfortably, while also not making a long-term commitment. 
We think it's a win-win all the way around.  

2. YOU’RE TEMPORARILY RELOCATING FOR WORK

From left to right: Part of The Grand Hall communal area and an apartment at Sentral Union Station in Denver. Photos by Andrea Posadas.
Temporarily
based in Atlanta
for your travel nursing placement? Does the L.A. office want you to drop in and whip things into shape? 
Flexible leases offer an alternative to typical corporate housing. Instead of booking an extended-stay hotel (think beige carpets, scratchy sofas, and no space) or rolling the dice on Airbnb, you can get a designer-furnished apartment, including a fully equipped kitchen, smart TV, office area with standing desk, and utilities, that offers hassle-free local living paired with a stronger sense of community than what you’ll get from a hotel room.  It doesn’t matter if you’re staying for two months, 12 months, or just two days — at Sentral your stay automatically includes access to
resident amenities and activities
, ranging from fitness centers with the latest Peloton and TRX equipment to private conference rooms for important presentations. You won’t be stuck in a hotel room by yourself throughout your work contract; instead, you’ll be making new friends and exploring your adopted hometown. All of Sentral’s communities are situated in highly walkable neighborhoods close to a variety of dining and shopping options. 

3. YOU’RE GOING THROUGH A BIG LIFE CHANGE

We’ve all been there. One day you know where life is headed, and the next day, the rug has been pulled out from under you. Or, there’s a major life change on the horizon, like finishing a degree or a partner interviewing for jobs in a new city, and you need time to figure out the next step. 
Short-term rentals offer the flexibility to have a comfortable home base without having to see too far in the future.
Along with flexible lease options, communities like Sentral also offer built-in services and networks, from pet-friendly amenities, like dog runs and washing stations, to community Explorer Events and meetups. If you need a place to land, a flexible lease can give you both freedom and a new foundation at the same time. It did for Sentral Union Station resident Deborah Greer.
"I made the decision when I moved to Denver and into Sentral that I would contribute to building a community,” she says. “The ability to actually meet people here — to get out of your apartment and commune with others easily — makes it a joy to participate in the creation of your community and your life.”

4. YOU WANT TO TRY OUT A NEW CITY

A flexible or month-to-month lease can make it easier to try living in a new city, like Los Angeles. Photo by Cedric Letsch.
Wonder what it’s like to live somewhere different? Perhaps the blue skies and palm-lined streets of
Los Angeles
sound appealing. Ready to ditch the car? Make the move to a walkable city like
Chicago
.
It’s nerve-wracking to take the plunge before knowing if the new city's lifestyle is really for you. Simply staying at a hotel for a few days doesn’t give you an accurate experience of what it’d be like to truly live in a place like a local. You want to explore the city and get into a daily routine, figure out where you’d go grocery shopping, or see what the local music scene is like. A flexible lease that lets you rent an apartment for a month or two at a time lets you give the destination a test drive. Not a good fit? No harm, no foul. Call it a learning experience and move onto the next city calling your name. You’ll avoid the expensive hassle of breaking your lease and moving your stuff, and you won’t feel stuck in a place you’ll regret moving to. 

5.  YOU SIMPLY WANT TO KEEP YOUR OPTIONS OPEN

Housing isn’t one size fits all, and being tied to a year-long commitment can feel daunting, even if you’re sure that you’ll be staying in the same city. You never know how things will work out. 
Maybe you’re in a new relationship and want to try living closer to your significant other to see how things play out. Perhaps you’re renovating your primary residence and need more (tranquil) space while the project’s completed. Maybe you’re looking for an alternative to student housing for the semester or just graduated and need a place to land for a while…but not too long.
If you want to keep your options open, then a flexible lease in a community like Sentral — where you have the option to stay as long as you want — is the ideal living situation. Accommodation logistics also shouldn’t be so hard! And at Sentral, flexible lease options are just the beginning: The services, spaces, and amenities are all designed to make your life easier. Imagine: Working from your home office or a well-designed communal space. Having a well equipped gym in the building — no expensive membership required! Heading to the rooftop for happy hour. Having a city’s best restaurants and attractions  within walking distance. Booking, moving in and moving out seamlessly.
Your life should be lived on your terms, not dictated by arbitrary lease timelines or confined to the same location. A flexible month-to-month lease empowers you to custom design your life.
Welcome to the future of good living.

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